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Griffith Uni - Nathan Campus path

Started this discussion. Last reply by AndrewO Jan 15. 5 Replies

My current work is at Archerfield airport - I live at Redcliffe so it's a mongrel commute...I have a cunning plan to do at least 1 commute by bike, using our new rail link for the morning direction,…Continue

Chains. (but no whips.)

Started this discussion. Last reply by JamesD Apr 24, 2016. 88 Replies

I've been reading a lot on another (US) site about chain lube and wax.  There's lots of vigorous debate about chain lube but that's not what I'm encouraging here.I'm tempted to try wax, Brisbane's…Continue

Redcliffe Bikepaths

Started this discussion. Last reply by JamesD Feb 19, 2016. 8 Replies

I've had a bit to do with the Moreton Bay Regional Council recently with respect to some of their bikeways, specifically with a new bike lane put in along Morris Rd.  For the out of towners (or in…Continue

Tubeless Road Tyres

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Morrison Jan 23, 2016. 18 Replies

I recently acquired a set of 700 x 23 wheels and tyres, already set up tubeless.  I like them so far however I have not had to deal with any setup/repairs/maintenance yet.My question is, what has…Continue


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JamesD replied to Peter Smith's discussion A small win
"Well done Peter. I also have to remind  myself that "as far to the left as practicable"  is not the same as "as far to the left as possible".  Two entirely different things. And, as far as I know the edge of the…"
JamesD replied to Geoff Tewierik's discussion How was your commute - April 2017
"That won't buff out!  Bummer!"
Apr 13
JamesD replied to Geoff Tewierik's discussion How was your commute - April 2017
"Glad you had somewhere to bail to!"
Apr 7
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Wheels
"+1 on the tyre upgrade first.  Plenty of light fast options out there. Wheel weight?  Makes a difference to the feel for sure, but as to performance? Here are some opinions...as with all the interweb, there's the good, bad, and…"
Apr 5
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Wheels
"If you can stretch the budget a little, talk to Stephen at Craftworx.  Tell him the riding you want to do and he'll recommend a few options.  Hubs are just as important as the rim, rims wear out while quality hubs keep on going. Other…"
Apr 5
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Wheels
"Congratulations on the new ride! Without knowing the specs on the standard wheels it's pretty hard to advise on new wheels. It would be really nice to know the weight of the SR2 wheels, but Giant haven't listed anything on their web site…"
Apr 5
JamesD commented on Paul Martin's group 'Bent Riders
"Amendment to the planned ride tomorrow: The Boondall wetlands path has been closed by BCC, the ride will now be a shortened version with lap out to Nudgee Beach, followed by coffee/food at the DFO. Apologies for the change."
Apr 1
JamesD replied to Daz's discussion How was your commute - March 2017
"Anybody commute via the Boondall wetlands path today?  Curious to know if it s OK before heading out on the weekend!"
Mar 31
JamesD liked Peter Smith's discussion Victoria railtrails
Mar 23
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"True, but I find many of his points valid, and others thought provoking at least.  I respect him for thinking outside the box, and publishing his findings in the face of established views.  The continual Rene Herse and Singer…"
Mar 21
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"Well, that about wraps that up! This is an interesting article on brakes, pros and cons for other than racing: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/disc-brake-pros-and-cons/ There's plenty of other interesting reading on Jan's site…"
Mar 21
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"Ahh yes, steel rims..... You know I'm not going to agree with you hey!  Rim/brake/pads can be optimised as you have done (how many combinations did you need before getting what you wanted?), but why should a buyer have to do that with a…"
Mar 20
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
Mar 18
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"So, because of the problem with road bikes brought about by the design formula set by a sporting organisation, you are happy to put up with sub-standard braking. A bike used for racing must comply with the sport's code for equipment.  End…"
Mar 18
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"The short answer is of course you could. The real answer is that it would probably not be economical to do so. "
Mar 18
JamesD replied to Steve's discussion Bike Advice
"Did I mention bicycle types?  If you are truly racing, then the rules for racing trump all other aspects. As I'm not racing, I prefer the consistency, feel and power of discs on whatever bike I might be riding. Whatever the weight or aero…"
Mar 18

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Recumbent bike, 26" highracer
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Oh the shame of it....

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:31pm 1 Comment

A week has passed since my triple embarrassment of last Sunday, I’m to the stage I can almost talk about it so perhaps this writing will purge the demons….

Saturday had been a stinker of a day, Sunday was shaping up to be merely warm.  I thought if I was to ride then early in the morning would be best and headed off shortly after the sun bounced over the horizon.  I do a 30k ride to collect the paper, using a combination of road and path for a generally stress free cycle.  This was no…


Idle thoughts on the turbo

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 9:56pm 10 Comments

I was whiling away some time on the indoor turbo this afternoon, after all the storms were rolling through and I wasn't about to head out in that!  I might get the inside of the mudguards dirty.....  Any way, sitting there  grinding  out the watts it occurred to me that the front of the bike was moving about rather a lot, and although I'd like to claim I was flexing the frame I fear the laughter would linger far longer that the storms.

Now on the 'bent I tend to just sit there like a…


A Tale of Tyres

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 9:56pm 1 Comment

I ride a 26" wheel recumbent, from factory it was fitted with Maxxis 26x1 Detonator tyres.  Hugging the outside of Mavic rims with bladed spokes they certainly looked the business.  They seemed to roll OK and never gave me a problem with grip.  Probably not a tough as they could be though, on the March recumbent ride the back tyre took a stone right through the tread, reinforcing plies and tube - naturally.  Fixed on the day with a sleeve but not really confidence…


A Journey to the Dark Side Pt 3

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

It's now early 2011....

It’s been some weeks now since I bought a Performer Goal 26X, about time to give some feedback to the forumites regarding the experience.  When ordering I ticked all the option boxes so received a large cardboard box with the bike, plus carry rack, panniers, mudguards, lights, flag, computer and mirror – the theory being that the bike would be usable for the local shopping trips and so on.  All items survived the trip from Taiwan unscathed, so the assembly…


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At 4:02pm on February 6, 2016, GregO said…
Hi I m looking at buying my first recumbent. I stumbled across your post selling your performer bike. Is it still for sale?
At 9:05pm on April 17, 2015, piston9 said…

Thanks James.. I am just keeping an eye now, no matter my desire my budget wont accept another bike just yet :D. As soon as that changes I will be on the look and maybe try and hook up with a group ride! I am thinking a tadpole trike of some form, but, we will see :D

At 4:30pm on October 28, 2011, DamianM said…

Hi there James


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